Friday, July 18, 2008

Stop Taking Credit for My Work!

I’ve been in too many businesses to name where a certain employee will continually take credit for others employees’ work. If your organization has one of these people on your hands, you’re dealing with an ego snark—someone who wants what you have and will go to any length to get it. These individuals are crafty, and they’re dangerous. They’ll also destroy your culture if you let them. Ego snarks often do their worst damage before you realize they’re a problem, causing animosity within your team and bringing them down. But you’ve at least spotted this person—hopefully before too much damage occurs.

Here are some quick tips for dealing with an ego snark:
  • Single them out. Ask them their thoughts and opinions on a new topic.
  • Hold them accountable for specific responsibilities that the team would conquer together.
  • If the problem persists, confront them.

In any situation, always protect your ideas. The best way to do that is to surround yourself with a team of real people—the family, friends and staff who will help you achieve your goals.

Have you had any encounters with an ego snark lately? Tell us about it! Or to learn more about different types of snarks check out Life Lesson Four in Real You Incorporated.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I designed a website for an agent and when the agent was told how great it looked he didnt even mention that I was the one that did it. Then the website got noticed and was asked to be on a real estate panel, but he couldnt talk about his website because he wouldnt be able to answer the questions on how to do it so he talked about writing a blog, which the kicker to that is how I wrote 2/3's of the blog... oh well. I am better off not working for someone like that!

Kaira Sturdivant Rouda said...

You're absolutely right! We all live and learn. I'd ask that client for a testimonial of your work and move on.

Anonymous said...

What do I do when the person taking credit for my work, not only steals my credit but is my boss and begins to cut back my hours, basically eliminating me from my job. In addition the only person I can speak to to report this is my boss's grandfather. Isn't there some type of intellectual property laws or rights regarding this matter?

Anonymous said...

This is an addition to the previous anonymous posting. In addition to stealing credit my boss has instructed me to do things that contrast company policy. He then writes me up for disciplinary action and denies that he instructed me to disregard policy, or gave me permission to go against policy. I don't know what to do because if I don't listen to his directions he will discipline me, but when I do he doesn't stand up for me, or admit that he instructed me to do what I end up getting disciplined for. Isn't this some type of abuse?

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